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Wednesday
Jun092010

WYFF: Two County Council Seats in June 22 Runoff

Wednesday
Jun092010

Asthma Camp Registration Deadline Friday

For many kids, summer camp is an adventure. But for a child with asthma, outdoor activities hold a hidden danger. 

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affecting as many as 10 to 12 percent of kids in the United States. Pollen, mold spores and certain extreme climate conditions can set off asthma symptoms in sensitive children. Camp Asthmania gives children with asthma the chance to experience summer camp in a safe environment and provides an opportunity to them to recognize and control their asthma symptoms. 

Now in its 11th year, Camp Asthmania will be held July 13 through 16 at the Anderson Area YMCA. During camp, children ages 6 to 12 will participate in educational games, such as peak flow limbo. They’ll also have a chance to go kayaking and canoeing, run a ropes course and take an archery class. In inclement weather, camp activities will be moved inside the YMCA. 

The registration deadline is June 11. Camp Asthmania is free, but a registration application is required. This year’s camp will have space for 70 children. For more information or to register, please call (864) 512-2155 or go to http://www.anmed.com/body.cfm?id=1100.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Dist. 5 to Offer Summer Programs

Thursday was the last day of classes for District Five students, but their teachers, administrators and school support staff are already back in the classroom. 

Anderson School District Five’s Summer Institute is running a total of 123 professional development workshops on five days this summer – June 7, 8 and 9, July 13 and August 10.  

Over 800 teachers and other employees have registered for one or more courses during the Summer Institute. The Institute is free, because most of the work in done in-house by District staff members, supplemented by professors from local universities, according to Connley Skeen, Director of Professional Development for the District. 

In addition to District Five employees, teachers and others from the four other Anderson County school districts are invited to participate, he said. And, any resident who would like to sit in on one or more workshops can contact Mr. Skeen and will be welcome to attend.

Although some summer professional development has been done for years, this is the third year of the Summer Institute, which offers training on a much larger scale than was previously available. Skeen has directed the Institute since its inception.

“We feel strongly that professional development is an ongoing process,” Skeen said. 

While professional development also goes on during the school year, the busy schedules of teachers can make it difficult to get the exact training they need. “Giving the opportunity for professional development during the summer allows teachers to choose the training that is most relevant to their classroom needs,” Skeen said.

“Our goal is continuous improvement for our students, teachers and staff,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We never stop learning.”

For more information, or to register for the July 13 or August 10 sessions, please visit the District Five Website at www.Anderson5.net or contact Connley Skeen at 260-5000 or ConnleySkeen@Anderson5.net.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Wayfarer Campers In Anderson to Keep America Beautiful

On June 8-9 and June 22-23, Wayfarer Campers from Anderson University join efforts with Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County and the Town of Pelzer to spruce up homes in the former mill village of Pelzer. Organizers plan to assist the residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled with painting, cleaning up debris and general beautification projects.

“We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pelzer and Camp Wayfarer to spruce up Pelzer,” said Dana Owens, Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County Coordinator.” “Approximately 600 campers from Camp Wayfarer will be participating in this event, with the goal of boosting curb appeal at homes on the four streets surrounding the mill site.” 

“It is our hope that this will help revitalize the community and encourage others to cleanup and maintain their property,” says David Reichley, one of the camp’s organizers. “Through the two sessions of Wayfarer Camp, we hope to help clean up more than 50 homes, and as we do, leave a tangible sign of the presence and power of God in Pelzer.”

Projects include:

 

  • foundation cleaning/painting
  • foundation plantings
  • porch staining/painting
  • shrub pruning/thinning
  • mowing


ABOUT CAMP WAYFARER

Wayfarer camp, created by Spartanburg-based Wayfarer Ministries, moved to Anderson University in 2009. Campers engage in a variety of activities, both spiritual and physical in nature, designed to help them discover God in fresh new ways. The camp project last year, since the camp week fell during Father’s Day, was to show love by washing hundreds of cars free of charge for Anderson area dads.

This year, the camp has expanded to two weeks and campers will visit the former mill village of Pelzer to assist residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled, by painting, cleaning up blighted areas, and beautifying properties in cooperation with Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County and the Town of Pelzer.

The camp workdays will be June 8th and 9th and June 22nd and 23rd. For more information about Wayfarer, visit www.wayfarer.tv.

For more information, contact:
Dana Owens
KAB Program Coordinator
PO Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29622
864-260-1003

Tuesday
Jun082010

Cothran to Head AnMed Emergency Services

David Cothran, RN, MSN, has been named director of emergency services at AnMed Health. Cothran, who has worked for AnMed Health for 19 years, will start his new role on June 7.  

Cothran started his career as a registered nurse and a charge nurse in the Emergency Department. He also worked in the cardiovascular, critical care and telemetry units. 

In 1997, Cothran earned a Master’s of Science in nursing from Clemson University. He worked in various nurse manager roles at AnMed Health, most recently serving as manager of Cardiovascular Services, the Cardiac Care Unit and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Outside of his duties as a nurse manager, Cothran has held leadership positions within AnMed Health’s shared governance model and chairs the Nursing Professional Development Council. 

He has remained active in the community throughout his professional career. Cothran serves as vice-chairman of the Appalachian Development Corporation Board, District 5 commissioner for the Anderson County Planning Commission and secretary of the Board for Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Mu. 

He has served as a volunteer fireman for more than 20 years. Cothran also is a Leadership Anderson graduate and an active member of his church.  

“David has been a leader in our organization for many years,” said Tina Jury, AnMed Health’s chief nursing officer. “I am glad he has chosen to continue his career at AnMed Health and work with us as director of emergency services. He will bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to this role, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow Emergency Services.”

Tuesday
Jun082010

Farmers' Market Features Music, Food Tonight

Anderson County Farmer’s Market tonight from 5 to 8 pm will feature live music, courtesy of the Cider Brothers Band.  Bring your kids so they can see what things were like  “WAY BACK WHEN” with  “Combine simulator” Free face painting, amazing food for dinner.
And as always…Great local produce and products for sale.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Special Populations Open House Planned

Anderson County Special Populations cordially invites you to an Open House 1 pm, Friday, June 11. Join us as we celebrate our new facilities in the historic McCants Building South Fant Street, Anderson.

The public is invited.A tour of the facilities and light refreshments will be provided.

Monday
Jun072010

RODGERS ROAD BRIDGE CLOSED FOR REPAIR 

ANDERSON COUNTY – On Friday, Anderson County Roads and Bridges closed Rodgers Road due to the unstable condition of its bridge abutments.  Rodgers Road is located between SC 252 and Fire Tower Road in the Crayton Fire Station District. The road will remain closed to through traffic until further notice. A detour route has been marked along SC 252, SC 20 and Fire Tower Road.
During a recent, regular inspection, staff found that an old abutment crack had widened since it was last measured. An additional inspection today indicated the crack had narrowed and both abutments have tipped slightly toward the creek. Recent trucking activity and rainy weather have contributed to the abutment movement. Since the bridge is unstable any use of it could be hazardous for the traveling public.
For more information, contact Judy Shelato, Anderson County Principal Engineer at 864.260.4190 or email jshelato@andersoncountysc.org.  
Sunday
Jun062010

AU To Offer Purtle Brass Camp

The first ever Purtle.com Brass Camp slated for July 16-17 at Anderson University will feature several of the nation’s most acclaimed brass aficionados in a two-day event designed to help brass musicians from high school through professional hone their craft and navigate their way through the music business. 
The camp will also include two concerts featuring camp attendees as well as the guest artists. Those events, on Friday and Saturday evening are open to the public.
Up to 200 brass musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia are expected to attend the camp, which offers expert training on practice methods, performance and the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the professional music business. 
Camp organizer and noted brass educator Jeff Purtle has enlisted the services of Harry Kim, lead trumpet for American Idol and founder of The Vine Street Horns, Susan Slaughter, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Orchestra and member of The Monarch Brass Quintet (also performing at the camp). Other guest lecturers will lead sessions on a variety of aspects of brass instruments and performance.
Harry Kim will share experiences in playing with the likes of Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and others. Susan Slaughter will share her experience as the only woman in the world to serve as principal trumpet in a major orchestra, while Jeff Purtle will show how to apply the innovative Claude Gordon brass teaching method that contributed to the successful careers of both featured musicians. 
The cost for the camp is $200. Online registration is available at www.purtle.com/brasscamp.html. Attendees may register in person beginning at 5:00pm Thursday, July 15th. The website also features details about the sessions as well as full biographies on the presenters. 
Harry Kim will be featured in a 7:30pm concert on Friday, while Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass Quintet will be the featured performers in a 6:30pm concert Saturday night at the Daniel Recital Hall of the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the Anderson University campus. The cost for the concerts is $15 for the general public. Tickets can be ordered on the purtle.com website or by contacting the Anderson University box office at (864) 231-2080.
For more information, visit the website or contact Jeff Purtle (864) 292-3532.

RSON, SC – The first ever Purtle.com Brass Camp slated for July 16-17 at Anderson University will feature several of the nation’s most acclaimed brass aficionados in a two-day event designed to help brass musicians from high school through professional hone their craft and navigate their way through the music business. 
The camp will also include two concerts featuring camp attendees as well as the guest artists. Those events, on Friday and Saturday evening are open to the public.
Up to 200 brass musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia are expected to attend the camp, which offers expert training on practice methods, performance and the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the professional music business. 
Camp organizer and noted brass educator Jeff Purtle has enlisted the services of Harry Kim, lead trumpet for American Idol and founder of The Vine Street Horns, Susan Slaughter, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Orchestra and member of The Monarch Brass Quintet (also performing at the camp). Other guest lecturers will lead sessions on a variety of aspects of brass instruments and performance.
Harry Kim will share experiences in playing with the likes of Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and others. Susan Slaughter will share her experience as the only woman in the world to serve as principal trumpet in a major orchestra, while Jeff Purtle will show how to apply the innovative Claude Gordon brass teaching method that contributed to the successful careers of both featured musicians. 
The cost for the camp is $200. Online registration is available at www.purtle.com/brasscamp.html. Attendees may register in person beginning at 5:00pm Thursday, July 15th. The website also features details about the sessions as well as full biographies on the presenters. 
Harry Kim will be featured in a 7:30pm concert on Friday, while Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass Quintet will be the featured performers in a 6:30pm concert Saturday night at the Daniel Recital Hall of the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the Anderson University campus. The cost for the concerts is $15 for the general public. Tickets can be ordered on the purtle.com website or by contacting the Anderson University box office at (864) 231-2080.
For more information, visit the website or contact Jeff Purtle (864) 292-3532.

Sunday
Jun062010

United Way Helps Revitalize West Side

Through a partnership with the City of Anderson, the United Way of Anderson County will present $5,000 grants to two organizations within the city to improve areas on the Westside of Anderson and in the Alphabet Streets area.  Men at Work, a local organization focused on building character in young men, will work with youth and adults at the Westview Heights Housing complex to beautify the entrance and plant a community garden.  The Community Fair Housing Board of Anderson will utilize their project grant to assist the Alphabets Street Community Task Force in efforts to increase safety in the neighborhood through the installation of security lighting and cameras.   
Check presentations will be made Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 PM at the Westview Heights Housing Complex entrance and 6:30 PM at the Alphabet Streets Community Task Force meeting at Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Church, 711 Glenn St.
The UWAC will also present a $5,000 project grant to the Pendleton Community Center, Monday, June 7, 7:00 PM at the Pendleton Town Council meeting at Town Hall.  The grant will help fund a grassroots effort to eliminate blight and improve safety on the west side of Pendleton. 
The Zion Street Community Center in Belton recently received a grant for phase two of a neighborhood revitalization project they initiated in 2009 when they brought improvements to 25 houses in and around Zion Street in Belton. With their more recent funding they plan to make improvements to their community center building.
Imagine a Neighborhood is an initiative of the United Way of Anderson County to provide training to grassroots leaders and support to grassroots designed and driven projects.

Through a partnership with the City of Anderson, the United Way of Anderson County will present $5,000 grants to two organizations within the city to improve areas on the Westside of Anderson and in the Alphabet Streets area.  Men at Work, a local organization focused on building character in young men, will work with youth and adults at the Westview Heights Housing complex to beautify the entrance and plant a community garden.  The Community Fair Housing Board of Anderson will utilize their project grant to assist the Alphabets Street Community Task Force in efforts to increase safety in the neighborhood through the installation of security lighting and cameras.   
Check presentations will be made Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 PM at the Westview Heights Housing Complex entrance and 6:30 PM at the Alphabet Streets Community Task Force meeting at Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Church, 711 Glenn St.
The UWAC will also present a $5,000 project grant to the Pendleton Community Center, Monday, June 7, 7:00 PM at the Pendleton Town Council meeting at Town Hall.  The grant will help fund a grassroots effort to eliminate blight and improve safety on the west side of Pendleton. 
The Zion Street Community Center in Belton recently received a grant for phase two of a neighborhood revitalization project they initiated in 2009 when they brought improvements to 25 houses in and around Zion Street in Belton. With their more recent funding they plan to make improvements to their community center building.
Imagine a Neighborhood is an initiative of the United Way of Anderson County to provide training to grassroots leaders and support to grassroots designed and driven projects.

Sunday
Jun062010

2010 Mistletoe Market Set for November

The Friends of the Anderson County Museum are pleased to announce the Museum’s seventh annual Mistletoe Market to be conducted on November 5 and 6. The Mistletoe Market kicks off the Christmas shopping season in the Upstate and highlights some of the many talented artists and crafters this area has to offer. Last year’s Market was a great success with more than 1,500 visitors over the one and a half day event.  
Mistletoe Market will consist of two fun-filled shopping days. At the Friday evening “Sip and Shop,” shoppers can browse the booths while enjoying light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Museum. On Saturday, special activities will be offered for children to make shopping more relaxing for parents.
Enclosed is the Market application. The deadline is June 25, 2010. The Mistletoe Market is limited by category to insure variety in the Market. The Committee could accept your work, but your category be filled. We advise you to return your application as quickly as possible, since all applications are time-stamped upon receipt and this will serve as a tiebreaker if the need arises. The Market is not a first-come, first-serve event.  
All correspondence and inquiries should be made to:
Catherine Luplow, Mistletoe Market Committee Chairperson
Anderson County Museum
202 E. Greenville Street
Anderson, South Carolina 29621
(864) 226-5258 acmmarkets@hotmail.com
Saturday
Jun052010

Benefits Bank Training Scheduled

Another session of Benefits Bank training is scheduled for July 21st & 22nd from 9am to 3pm (lunch will be provided).  These sessions will be held in the Industrial Development Building at Tri County Tech in Pendleton.
This is a free session & you only need to attend one of 2 optional training days.  Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested in attending.  Other agencies & nonprofits are also welcome to attend.
 
AIM would like as many of our volunteers as possible to have the opportunity to take this training (especially if you work directly with clients).
 
Below is a description of The Benefits Bank program:
The Benefits Bank is a computer based application system offered through the South Carolina Office on Rural Health.  As trained volunteers, you will be able to help our clients in the application process for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps), Medicaid, FAFSA (Federal Student Aid), as well as electronically complete tax forms for low to moderate income individuals.  All of these services can ease the application process and cut down on costs to our clients who are in such need of help.

Another session of Benefits Bank training is scheduled for July 21st & 22nd from 9am to 3pm (lunch will be provided).  These sessions will be held in the Industrial Development Building at Tri County Tech in Pendleton.This is a free session & you only need to attend one of 2 optional training days.  Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested in attending.  Other agencies & nonprofits are also welcome to attend. AIM would like as many of our volunteers as possible to have the opportunity to take this training (especially if you work directly with clients). Below is a description of The Benefits Bank program:The Benefits Bank is a computer based application system offered through the South Carolina Office on Rural Health.  As trained volunteers, you will be able to help our clients in the application process for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps), Medicaid, FAFSA (Federal Student Aid), as well as electronically complete tax forms for low to moderate income individuals.  All of these services can ease the application process and cut down on costs to our clients who are in such need of help.

Friday
Jun042010

Saluda River Rally This Weekend

Saturday: 10 am—6 pm Revolving Paddle Trip 
Launching throughout the day from South Carolina Kayak Fishing Club’s private access in Pickens County and paddling 2.6 miles to Dolly Cooper Sports Complex. Approximate paddle time is 40 minutes. On‐site exhibitors and organizations include: 
Black Sheep RC Club Foothills Motorsports Strickland Marine 
Go Play Outdoors Disc Golf Heritage Outdoor Living 
SC Kayak Fishing Club The Great Escape Creekside Bar‐Be‐Que 
Save Our Saluda Powdersville Council of Easley Chamber of Commerce 
Sunday: 1 pm—5 pm Paddle Trip 
5 pm—7 pm Rally Wrap‐up 
Single launch from Dolly Cooper Sports Complex, paddling 9.2 miles south to the Town of Piedmont with water rescue escort. Approximate paddle time is 3—4 hours. Please arrive around 12:00 to allow sufficient time to shuttle vehicles to take‐out point 
The rally will end in Piedmont at the old mill warehouse on the river, the future location of The Saluda River Grill. A BBQ dinner will be available to all the participants with donations for the dinner going to Special Olympics. A shuttle will take you from the access point to the Wrap‐up. 
Event Notes: 
All participants are required to sign a release at Dolly Cooper Sports Complex.Children under the age of 18 will require a release signed by a parent or guardian. Forms are available on‐line at www.andersoncountysc.org and at the event. 
Shuttles will be available to take you to the launch site on Saturday, and/orback to your vehicle on Sunday 
Ideal for the beginner, participants should be comfortable paddling limited sections of Class I and Class II Whitewater 
A fleet of Grady’s Great Outdoors kayaks will be on‐hand to welcome those new to the sport, and allow you to try out crafts free of charge. 

Saturday: 10 am—6 pm Revolving Paddle Trip • Launching throughout the day from South Carolina Kayak Fishing Club’s private access in Pickens County and paddling 2.6 miles to Dolly Cooper Sports Complex. Approximate paddle time is 40 minutes. On‐site exhibitors and organizations include: Black Sheep RC Club Foothills Motorsports Strickland Marine Go Play Outdoors Disc Golf Heritage Outdoor Living SC Kayak Fishing Club The Great Escape Creekside Bar‐Be‐Que Save Our Saluda Powdersville Council of Easley Chamber of Commerce Sunday: 1 pm—5 pm Paddle Trip 5 pm—7 pm Rally Wrap‐up Single launch from Dolly Cooper Sports Complex, paddling 9.2 miles south to the Town of Piedmont with water rescue escort. Approximate paddle time is 3—4 hours. Please arrive around 12:00 to allow sufficient time to shuttle vehicles to take‐out point The rally will end in Piedmont at the old mill warehouse on the river, the future location of The Saluda River Grill. A BBQ dinner will be available to all the participants with donations for the dinner going to Special Olympics. A shuttle will take you from the access point to the Wrap‐up. 
Event Notes: All participants are required to sign a release at Dolly Cooper Sports Complex.Children under the age of 18 will require a release signed by a parent or guardian. Forms are available on‐line at www.andersoncountysc.org and at the event. Shuttles will be available to take you to the launch site on Saturday, and/orback to your vehicle on Sunday Ideal for the beginner, participants should be comfortable paddling limited sections of Class I and Class II Whitewater A fleet of Grady’s Great Outdoors kayaks will be on‐hand to welcome those new to the sport, and allow you to try out crafts free of charge.